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By Gary Genosko

This booklet relates Baudrillard's paintings to modern social r4248y. the writer lines the connections among Baudrillard's paintings and Marx and Marxism; Lefebvre and structuralist approach; the works of Saussure, Bataille, Barthes, Foucault, Mauss, Peirce, McLuhan and the Prague tuition. the result's an authoritative and stimulating account of Baudrillard and sleek social idea.

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Having noted such clumsiness, however, Barthes criticized Lacan’s spatialized writing of the algorithm of the sign because he gave la barre between S/s its own value. It is the spirit of the arrows which Lacan and Barthes capture. The sign’s body may be willing but the spirit is, perhaps unfortunately, weak. As long as one considers Lacan’s inversion with respect to a pair of double-pointed arrows which mark a reciprocal relation, the spirit is willing. As soon as one notices that without explanation Saussure’s pair of arrows give way in the 26 Baudrillard and Signs manuscript sources of the Cours to a single arrow on the left side of the sign with a single direction from signifier to signified, one may begin to speak of the withdrawal of this spirit.

In ‘Au-delà de la valeur d’usage’ Baudrillard writes: ‘Only the objects or categories of goods invested in the singular and personal act of symbolic exchange (the gift, the present) are strictly incomparable. The personal relation (non-economic exchange) renders them absolutely singular’ (Baudrillard, 1972: 157). What Baudrillard ‘found’ in Marx was a complementary effect of a structural deduction which can only admit one unique element which does not acquire value in terms of differential relations in a system.

What does this tell us about the bar? If the bar is a Derridean hinge and it articulates the two sides of the sign, the sign cannot be a positive fact since the other side of articulation is a negative split. Rather, the sign hinges on the bar as its central rule. The bar is the articulator of an articulus (sign) inasmuch as it upholds the sign; the bar is not the removable pin of a hinge. The bar is the bond (le lien) that ties together the signifier and the signified and it should at first be considered by analogy in terms of a chemical compound such as water (Saussure, 1985: 145).

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